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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary / scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $105,500 to 74 students. • The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2017. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Please contact Dr. Ted Clarke at (519) 846-5455 ext. 399 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted its eighth annual Local Biz Night on June 5. The popular harness racing event saw more than 60 people from 16 local businesses matched with a horse in race seven. Motion Electrical Contracting Ltd. was paired with the eventual winner Arrived Late. The Fergus, ON company received a trophy to display in their workplace, plus and a staff party for 20 at Grand River Raceway. Bob McClure piloted the post time favourite to a one-and-a-half length victory in 1:57.1. It was the pacer's 17th career win and fifth this year. Craig Gilmour trains Arrived Late for owners Brett Wright of Hamilton and Connor Wright of Dundas. Local Biz Night is a joint-effort between the raceway, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway and the Centre Wellington Chamber Of Commerce. Click here for photos from the event. Racing continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway kicked off its 2017 harness racing season on June 2 with a splash of glitz and glamour. The track played host to harness racing's second-ever Drag (Queen) Race to celebrate tri-Pride Weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. (The first race was staged at Grand River Raceway in 2011.) Pro drivers Scott Young, Bob McClure, Travis Henry and Alfie Carroll shared double-seated jog carts with past winners of the Miss Tri-Pride Pageant: Nadia Diamond, Victoria Parks, Jasmine Flowers and Avan Hart. Avan Hart and Alfie Carroll were the winning pair of the half-mile dash aboard 8-year-old trotter Callie Magoo, owned and trained by John Braid. Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to the tri-Pride organizing committee, the Drag Race drivers, horse owners Jackie Panko, John Braid and Rebecca Titus, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway, Hands On Horses Program, post parade leader Debi O'Brien Moran and all supporting businesses who donated items to the Penny Auction. The event raised $750 for tri-Pride. Harness racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:35 p.m. at Grand River Raceway. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted its ninth annual harness racing backstretch Open House on May 28. Attendance topped last year's record. More than 500 people of all ages came for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House stations included: a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth; a tour of the paddock, testing areas, starting car and track maintenance vehicles; a blacksmith station which included free horseshoes for kids compliments of System Fencing, Stalls & Equipment; a booth hosted by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame; kids' crafts and facepainting, and local reinsman Bob McClure hosted a station explaining the role of a racehorse driver. The most popular activity of the day was the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Grand River Raceway extends its gratitude to the following horsepeople and other volunteers who graciously committed their time and horses to help with this event: the Hands On Horses Program (Stacey Reinsma and Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association), Tanya Martin, AJ Moore, Linda Rainey, Bob McClure, Emilia Hautakorpia, Ben Hollingsworth, Jackie Panko, Keith Klages, Stacey Currie, Lynn Gibbings, Esa Myllymaki, Paula McGuire, John Braid, Chris Polifroni, Jane Belore, Debi O’Brien Moran, Kyle Bossence, and George Ketros. • Photos from the event. Grand River Raceway’s 2017 live racing season kicks off on June 2 at 6:30. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) presented the first of three donation commitments to Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation. The GRAS is the owner/operator of Grand River Raceway, where the cheque presentation was made on May 16. The organization has committed a total of $250,000 to be paid over three years. The funds will benefit the new hospital which will replace the existing Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus. The new facility is expected to open in 2019. It will be located in Aboyne (between Elora and Fergus). "We are very thankful for the Grand River Agricultural Society's support of this critical initiative," said Lori Arsenault, Executive Director of Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation. The GRAS donation will be used to fund the New Groves Hospital Healing Gardens. The GRAS donation brings the fundraising total to $14.4 million, which represents 72 percent of the Foundation's commitment to the Ministry of Health to raise $20 million. "Every day, people at Groves Memorial Community Hospital make a difference. They are part of pivotal moments in the life of each family - all of our families - and they happen at Groves every day," Arsenault explained. "Groves is a unique hospital because of the values it embraces. Our personalized patient care is one to which larger hospitals can only aspire." The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. Kelly Spencer

ELORA - Back by popular demand, Grand River Raceway will host its ninth annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 28. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of harness racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House's six main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Other interactive stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand with track announcer Gary Guy. Back in the barn, visitors will learn about the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses in sessions led by industry experts. Local reinsman Bob McClure will host a station explaining the role of a racehorse driver and the skills required to communicate with horses during the race and navigate them to victory. All kids will receive a lucky horseshoe during a blacksmith demonstration graciously sponsored by System Fencing, Stalls & Equipment. Machinery enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the racetrack surface. The starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opportunities. No registration is required for the Open House. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House will run rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing. Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $2 donation at the door to support the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 1:30. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horse Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Nearly 2,500 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House event in the past eight years. For more information, visit http://grandriverraceway.com/open-house/ or call (519) 846-5455 x238 or email info@grandriverraceway.com. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 2017 live harness racing season launches on Friday, June 2 with a splash of royal glitz and glamour. The Elora, ON track will host harness racing's only Drag Queen Race as part of tri-Pride celebrations which run May 23 - June 4 throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. Retired racehorses and professional drivers will share double-seat jog carts with past winners of the Miss tri-Pride Pageant: Nadia Diamond, Victoria Parks, Jasmine Flowers and Rachael Temptation. The half-mile race will take place after the sixth horse race (approximately 8:00 p.m.). The world's first-ever Drag Queen (harness) Race was staged in 2011 at Grand River Raceway and was won by Madison Hart with driver James MacDonald and pacer Pompus Mac Daddy. The event returned in 2012, but extreme weather forced cancellation of the races before the start of the night. Other festivities on opening night will include a ticketed dinner in the Captain's Quarters dining room and a Penny Auction in the main lobby. Dinner tickets are $40 and include: buffet, meal taxes and gratuity, race program, $10 slots voucher (19+), Pride flag, exclusive door prizes and five tickets for the Penny Auction. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance, and sales close May 26. Dinner tickets must be purchased online. This is a sanctioned tri-Pride event; a portion of dinner ticket sales and 100% of the Penny Auction sales will benefit the organization. The season-opener will include 10 - 11 horse races which begin at 6:35 p.m. All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, the free NEIGHbourhood program for kids, barn tour and extended Tarmac Show between the races. Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 2 through September 27. Other special racing events include the Media Race (June 23), Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races (July 7) and the Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the 20th annual Battle Of Waterloo (August 7). Complete event information and dinner tickets for Opening Night are available at http://grandriverraceway.com/tri-pride-night 2011 Drag Queen Race at Grand River Raceway Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has launched a new Community Mini-Grant program. The organization is accepting applications until May 1, 2017. All projects must be related to agriculture and/or the environment. To be considered for funding, applicants must clearly illustrate how their project will benefit the local community (Elora, Fergus and surrounding areas). Donations may be granted to a local community group or an individual. • Complete information and application form. For inquiries about the program, please contact Dorothy Key at (519) 846-8879 or info@grandriveragsociety.com Kelly Spencer

Starting Thursday, April 27, the track at Grand River Raceway will be open for training each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon for the duration of the harness racing season. (All horses must be vacated by 1:00 p.m. on training days.) Qualifiers will be conducted on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. from May 24 through September 20. Complete information is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/notice-board/. The 2017 live harness racing season kicks off the first of 47 race nights on Friday, June 2 at 6:35 p.m. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's first Grand Craft & Gift Market promises plenty of unique shopping and a touch of the supernatural. The April 9th market will encompass the entire second floor of the main building at the Elora racetrack. More than 60 vendors will showcase hundreds of treasures, including bath and beauty products, home and garden decor, clothing and accessories, jewelry, original artworks and other one-of-a-kind finds. Exhibitor Emma Smallbone will host two Guest Speaker sessions during the event. Known as The Barefoot Medium, Smallbone is a local spiritual medium, empath and author. She has delivered messages to hundreds of people through private groups, one-on-one sessions and public events. Smallbone will share her learnings from the spirit world during 20-minute talks titled Connecting With Spirit at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Captain's Quarters Dining Room. The Grand Craft & Gift Market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 9. Admission is free for the entire event. Random spot prizes of $15 in show bucks will be awarded at 15-minutes past each hour (11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15). One lucky shopper will win a gift basket filled with more than $200 in merchandise provided by show vendors. The OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway also feature a $14.99 Sunday brunch in the Getaway Restaurant (on the main floor) from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Complete details about the Grand Craft & Gift Market. Grand River Raceway is an award-winning entertainment destination located in beautiful Elora, ON. The unique facility offers year-round slots gaming (open 24/7), dining, special events, Meetings & Events Services, and seasonal horse racing. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - A top purse of $250 is awaiting harness racing quiz wizards in Grand River Raceway's Grand Trivia Night to benefit The Stable That God Loves. The April 19th event features $200 in prize money for the top trivia team. Sixty trivia questions will be played in three rounds. The questions will be 70 percent harness racing trivia and 30 percent general knowledge. A $50 bonus goes to the winning team if their score tops the hypothetical tally of the Pro Team, which includes: two-time World Driving Champ Jody Jamieson, Anthony MacDonald of The Stable, and Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Assisting the Pro Team is race announcer Ken Middleton and Hall Of Famer Bill Galvin - two of the driving forces behind The Stable That God Loves. The cost is $32 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes a $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, Mashed Potato Bar and tax. The Stable That God Loves benefits $5 from each ticket. The not-for-profit group is a fundraising initiative for the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada. Participating racehorse owners pledge one percent of their horses' annual earnings to the Chaplaincy, which is dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical, spiritual and human needs of the horse racing work force in southwestern Ontario. Grand Trivia Night is held in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, April 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:15 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

It is the place where dreams begin; it is the place where the top drivers and trainers of the future are born. It is the place where friends become family, and complete strangers become friends. This is the place where many trainers and drivers capture their first victories and dream of making it to the big leagues. These are the “B” tracks.  In the communities where these tracks are located, race nights are a time for family, friends, and neighbors to come together to laugh, enjoy each other’s company and create memories; and if they are lucky, maybe even cash a winning ticket or two. The people who race horses here, may not be racing for a million dollars, but to them, their horses are worth just that. Even though they may be racing in a claiming race, they are worth so much more to those that love them. For many fans, it is where they first experienced the thrill of betting and winning. For some owners like myself, it is where we got our first thrill of winning too.  Sometimes the trainer may have roles other than just a trainer. They may be the owner, as well as the driver, as well as the caretaker. In some rare cases, they have also bred the horse. I am going to share with you some of my favorite memories which were created at a “B” track.  There are many, and all of them mean something to me. Not every horse can race at an “A” track like Mohawk Raceway; that is precisely why there are “B” tracks. “B” tracks provide another place for horses to race and be successful. For example, Sydney Seelster (Pinky) liked the tight turns the smaller tracks have, in addition to the speed being a little more manageable for her. This was discovered after we tried racing her once at Mohawk Raceway and once at Woodbine, in both races she tried her very best, came fifth in one of those starts but she definitely raced more competitively on the “B” tracks. The majority of my experiences as an owner came from racing at Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, and Grand River Raceway- all “B” tracks. When Pinky won her first race for me on a Saturday afternoon, at Flamboro Downs, I felt like I had won a stakes race. I cried tears of joy. It is because of a “B” track my dream of being a winning owner came true. It is where my adventure with Pinky begins.  It is the place where I discovered the thrill of being an owner. Every track has their big day; their day to shine. It could be holding a stakes race or a track’s opening day for the season. This is one aspect of the sport which unites both “A” and “B” tracks. Whatever the occasion or event is, the ‘little’ tracks always make the occasion a big deal. I look forward to attending these special events and I do my best not to miss one.   Every year on the holiday Monday in August, Grand River Raceway, in Elora, hosts an annual event celebrating the harness racing industry in the province of Ontario. The day is called Industry Day. The day features the finals of the Battle of Waterloo for Ontario-sired colts and the Battle of the Belles for Ontario- sired fillies. The Industry Day of 2011 was my first time attending Industry Day. It is also the first time I recall going to another track other than Mohawk Raceway. Walking through the grandstand, I marveled at the new sights, it is a bee hive of activity. The atmosphere is lively and the passion is remarkable.  That day, driving stars Scott Zeron and Doug McNair were there to take pictures with fans, so I got mine taken with them. That was a highlight for me. The races were fast paced and action packed. The crowd was passionate and excited. There was clapping and cheering. The atmosphere was celebratory and made an impression on me. Many memories were made that day, and I will cherish them always. Since that Industry Day, I have attended every one. Like many people, going to Industry Day has become a tradition for me, and I look forward to going every summer. In the summer of 2012, I made the journey to Hanover Raceway for the Dream of Glory Stake and the fireworks which followed the races. It was time for me to experience another track. Hanover Raceway was a charming track. It was not fancy but that is what makes Hanover Raceway so special. The Dream of Glory may not be the most celebrated stakes race, but for fans in the small town of Hanover, they look forward to it every year. I was honored to be asked to present the trophy. After the races finished, everyone was anticipating the fireworks. The firework show was mesmerizing. To add to the colorful spectacle, snow-like flakes fell on me, they were ashes from the fireworks. In a strange way, it added charm to the night and was something unique, an experience I will always remember. Flamboro Downs holds the Confederation Cup and I look forward to going every year. It is a day where some of the best horses and drivers come to compete on the same track Pinky did. To think of it like that always makes me smile. I was given the signs which have the names of the horses in the Confederation Cup that are used when assigning post positions. I have the ones from 2015 and 2016 (with the exception of the winner, as that gets displayed). They are something I treasure. I have proudly displayed them in my room. My parents and I visit Flamboro Downs often. We go for dinner, to watch the exciting races and cheer on our friends who are racing. I always enjoy talking with the friendly staff. All levels of staff at Flamboro Downs always makes me feel special. Gary Guy is the announcer for Flamboro, as well as Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs. He is always sure to give me a shout out when he sees me sitting along the rail. I always feel so special when he does. I appreciate how he takes the time to do that. When Pinky won he always tried to play a song that mentioned pink as Pinky returned to the Winner’s Circle.  That made winning even more sweet. Every second-year Clinton Raceway holds an event which is like no other. Legendary drivers including Bill O’Donnell, Ron Waples, and Wally Hennessey, just to name a few, compete in one signature race. Although he did not drive, Keith Waples was also there. Hence, this day is called Legend's Day. The first time my parents and I went, every driver I wished good luck to in post parade won that race. My dad thought I was wearing horseshoes that day. After the Legend's Day race, all of the Legend's went to have a group photo taken.  I said hello to Wally Hennessey on his way to get his picture taken. He asked if I could watch his helmet and gloves. I agree and when he returned he gave his gloves and signed them. For the rest of the day, I wore those gloves with such pride. Later that afternoon it rained a lot. While we were taking cover [outside] from the rain, under an overhang at the end of the grandstand, we met a caretaker who had a horse in the last race on the card, we told her how ‘lucky’ I had been with telling drivers good luck. She told me “Trevor Henry is driving my horse is the last race, wish him good luck, and if we happen to win, come out for your picture”. Trevor Henry won that race. The rain was now teeming down. I raced through the rain to the winner’s circle. I was still wearing the gloves given to me by Wally Hennessey. I had to shield the signature from the rain, so the ink would not run. The drive home that afternoon was spent drying out.  I was drenched, but it added to the memories from that day. Today, those gloves have dried and are in a safe place for me to cherish. Two years later, I returned to Clinton Raceway for Legend's Day. I had the pleasure of interviewing a few of the legends for a story a friend was doing. He is a journalist and was unable to make it. That was an experience which I was honored to have. This past October I made four-hour journey to Leamington Raceway. My parents thought it would be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I sat in the backseat, with my iPod and snacks, and we were on the road bound for Leamington Raceway. It was my first time visiting Leamington Raceway.  I love to visit new tracks and meet new friends. My dad was excited to be going too because Leamington was one of the few tracks he had not visited either. Before long, we are driving through small towns and countryside, soon we arrived at Leamington Raceway. I stepped out of my car and I was greeted by smiling faces. Then I received an awesome surprise, I was speechless. It was a sign which read “Stop! Parking for Sydney Weaver”. I felt so special, like a celebrity. It was just a small gesture that made my day even more special. I have always believed it is the little things in life that take up the most room in our hearts. That is something "B" tracks have in common. They add little personal touches, that make you feel welcome. For example, at Grand River, when you walk in the front doors, you are greeted by a gentleman, whose name is Tom, in a top hat and tails. He is happy and always smiling. That warm welcome is so special and has a big impact. The grandstand at Leamington was packed with people of all ages, and lots of kids. Everyone was having a grand time. Lawn chairs lined the fence. The day was picture perfect  We met up with friends and watched a few races, before being invited to take a tour of the new paddock. While in the paddock I had the opportunity to meet the people who were instrumental in getting the new paddock built.    The lovely people of Leamington Raceway were kind and gave me a Leamington Raceway sweater and baseball cap. I helped with on track draws too. Overall it was a fun day, and the day passed quickly. Before I know it, my parents and I are on the road again.  This time headed for home. As we drove, we reminisce about the memories that were created. “B” tracks might not be as well-known as the major tracks, but we need to embrace and support them. “B” tracks make our industry what it is. They are the foundation of our industry.  It is because of the smaller tracks that major tracks are able to prosper.  “B” tracks provide strength and support which is vital to the success of our sport. That is the beauty of a “B” track. Sydney Weaver is 16 years old and resides in Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, groom's horses, jogs them on the track, owns both a Standardbred and a Thoroughbred racehorse and has already won major youth writing awards. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy and spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but has never let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals.

ELORA, ON - They're the highest ranking officers in Wellington County OPP, but can they outsmart 100 ambitious trivia tricksters? Inspector Scott Lawson, Staff Sgt. Krista Miller, Staff Sgt. Victoria Dawson and Staff Sgt. Dave Sinko will comprise the Pro Team in Grand River Raceway's Grand Trivia Night on February 25. The event is presented in partnership with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW). The top scoring trivia team wins $200, plus a $50 bonus if they beat the Pro Team's tally. Tickets are $25 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 trivia questions in three rounds (a mix of general knowledge and true crime trivia), $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, and HST. A nominal online ticket fee is extra. The event also features a cash bar, Potato Bar and silent auction. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all silent auction sales. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Bob McClure has been circling Canada's biggest harness racing title for the past few years, inching closer to the top of the driving ranks. In 2016, he captured not only the winning statistics, but also a prestigious award nomination. The 26-year-old reinsman from Elora, ON secured his first national title in 2016, winning 576 races while earning driving titles at Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs. He drove 2,418 horses to purse earnings of $3 million. It was just his eighth year as a professional driver. McClure surpassed 1,000 career wins during 2016, and on several occasions scored four, five or six wins during a 10-race card. He currently sits at 1,436 wins and $8.1 million in purse earnings. "As much as I'm looking forward to 2017, I can't see how it could top this year," says McClure. "I've been so lucky, and I have to admit, I'm sad to see the season come to an end. I'm really thankful to all the grooms, trainers, owners, racing fans and everyone else that made it an unforgettable year." At the end of this month, McClure will vie for his first O'Brien Award for Driver Of The Year. The O'Brien Awards celebrate the absolute best in harness racing over a given year. They are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its heroes in this country and the winners are decided by a panel of voters consisting of media, racing publicists and race secretaries. McClure is up against veteran driver Sylvain Filion, a three-time O'Brien Award winner. The gala awards ceremony takes place on January 28 at The Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, ON. McClure and his partner Jody Howard and their one-year-old son Ryder moved to Elora in 2015. The location is central to the many tracks where McClure plies his trade, including those in Elora, Dundas, London, Clinton, Innisfil and Campbellville. 2016 Grand River Raceway Driving Champion - Bob McClure Kelly Spencer  

A top reward of $250 is awaiting the best trivia tipsters in Grand River Raceway's inaugural Grand Trivia Night to benefit Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW). The February 25th event features $200 in prize money for the top trivia team, plus a $50 bonus if they out-score the Pro Team, which includes officers from the local OPP detachment. The cost is $25 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 questions in three rounds (mostly general knowledge and some true crime trivia), $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, and HST. A nominal online ticket fee is extra. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all sales from the event's raffle table and live auction items. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:00 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer  

A $5,000 donation covering the costs of 154 articles of new winter clothing was made by the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS), owner/operator of Grand River Raceway, to benefit the clients of the Centre Wellington Food Bank. The presentation was made on December 9 at the Elora track. The lot includes 40 winter coats, 32 pairs of boots and 82 hats/scarves/gloves/snow pants. Jackie Andrews, of the Centre Wellington Food Bank Board Of Directors and Coordinator of the Christmas Hamper and Angels Program said the donation comes on the heels of the organization’s recent call for winter gear. In the past two years, GRAS had donated more than 400 articles of clothing retailing $10,000 to this excellent program. For more information about the Centre Wellington Food Bank, visit their website or call 519.787.1401. The Grand River Agricultural Society is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. Kelly Spencer

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